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Disappointing narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-19

This is one of my favourite Valdemar books, giving the back story of how the Karsite Weaponsmaster became a Herald,but it was sadly spoiled by the weird pronunciation of Alberich, Karse and especially collegium - it is coll eej ium, not coll egg ium. Very disappointing.

Stewart as good as ever.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Glynn Stewart goes from strength to strength, and this marks the start of what I'm sure will prove to be an excellent series.
The narrator however, while mostly good, appears to have attended the Dick van Dyke school for English accents, Horribly grating to this British ear.

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Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Like all Robert Harris books, a rivetting listen. Without going into any details, it was clear that there would be a climactic finish, but the twist took me totally by surprise. Roy McMillan's narration was clear and measured, well-matched to the text. An excellent listen.

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Great sequel, appalling narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-16

I really like Chris Nuttall's books, and am really enjoying this sequel, but I've had to give up on listening to it, I'm now reading it on my Kindle because the narration is so awful.

Sad to say, Lauren Ezzo just cannot 'do' male voices. Since most of the characters are male it is a bit of a problem. I gritted my teeth through book 1, but this is just painful. I won't be trying a third time, I'm afraid.

A tale in 2 halves

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-16

I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett as a child, but hadn't realised she had written adult fiction too, so when I found this I was prepared for a treat.
Initially, it seems like a straightforward glimpse into the life of a well-bred woman who was making the best of having to earn a living in as genteel way as she can. She makes a marriage of convenience and settles down to her new station. We see also the desperation of other women, whose families depend on them to make a good marriage, and the unhappiness a forced marriage can bring. So far so good. A gentle story, easy to listen to, without surprises.
The second half, however gradually develops a sense of menace with the introduction of some distant relatives of her husband. She, in her innocence can't see the danger as others do . .
Lucy Scott is an excellent narrator and does a superb job.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and it is one I would happily listen to again.

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Good start, BUT . . .

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-15

Frankly, it felt like a con. A good thriller suddenly turned into a religious tract. I feel cheated. This is not what I expected - or wanted - at all.
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator and does a great job, but I will avoid this author in future.

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Good start to the series

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-15

While it does read a bit like 'Harrington Light', and there are a number of clear similarities,it stand up very well to comparison with Nuttall's other series,

Sadly, what lets it down, is the narration. Lauren Ezzo isn't a bad narrator, just totally wrong for this book. Her voice is far too light to cope with all the male voices (they range from growly to squeaky) and the delivery is very wooden. I can see that she is supposed to represent a very young woman, but she needs much more gravitas, not to mention an ability to convey different emotions. Someone such as Elizabeth Flett or Allyson Johnson, both of whom have narrated space opera very successfully, would have made a much better choice of narrator.
I am looking forward to book 2, but I hope for better narration.

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Spot the derivative ideas

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Quite enjoyable, and the author is clearly a David Weber fan, using several ideas from both The Honorverse and Safehold series. If you know both series, it's quite entertaining spotting them. I enjoyed it enough to want to know what happens next, though the narrator is fairly dire., particularly his 'women's voices, which are more than a bit on the squeaky side.

Sailing ships in space!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-15

This is great fun. Alexis joins the Royal Navy as a midshipman on the spur of the moment and heads off into space aboard a sailing ship at a time when GIRLS don't join the Navy. Lots of adventures, excitement, laugh out loud humour and the scene is set for a - hopefully - long series. I already have book 2, can't wait to start.

Narration is good, though it seems odd hearing an English accent speaking some very American phraseology, and there are one or two rather odd pronunciations, but overall, an excellent job, clear diction, each character well defined, without the awful gruffness of some female narrators with male characters.
All in all, an excellent listen.

Interesting, but a little long.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-15

I enjoyed this, thought here were parts that could have been condensed to my mind - the chase through the islands, for example. There were one or two inconsistencies I felt - the issue regarding her hair is a case in point. In the beginning it is covered up and no-one may see it. Then, once Zip has seen it, it seems to be no longer a problem, And why does no-one comment on her having rainbow coloured hair thereafter?

The narration is, clear and well-paced, but she needs to concentrate on what accent she is using. To begin with, she seemed to be very precisely enunciating English, but as the book progresses, she is unable to sustain this and her natural American accent can clearly be heard. Not bad though, but her Scots accent - oh dear.

Overall, I found it an enjoyable listen and would be interested in listening to book 2

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